About Us

Our Mission

Create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

Our Vision

All youth achieve their full potential.

Our People

We are headquartered in San Francisco, with local offices in Oakland, Milpitas, and American Canyon. In addition to maintaining the dedicated services of more than a thousand matches, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area employs over two dozen staff members who support matches in all nine counties.

Dawn Kruger

Dawn Kruger

Chief Executive Officer

Email: dkruger@bbbsba.org | Phone: 415-503-3933

Dawn came to the CEO position at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area in 2015 with over 11 years of experience in increasingly senior roles within the agency.


Prior to her appointment as CEO, Dawn served as the Vice President of Operations, overseeing all program functions throughout the five-county service region as well as providing operations leadership for facilities, finance, and human resources. She holds the BBBSBA mission very dear as she has also previously served as a Big Sister, and 15 years later remains connected to her Little Sister.

While she has over two decades of professional experience, Dawn’s passion for social justice began as an American expatriate growing up in Asia, where she witnessed the results of corruption and extreme poverty.

Dawn holds a Masters in International Relations from Stanford University and a BA in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego.

Devoted to serving her community, Dawn volunteers for the various activities that her children participate in. She lives with her husband and four children in Walnut Creek.

VP of Finance and Operations

Carissa Tonner

Carissa joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area in 2014 soon after moving to San Francisco from the Midwest. Her areas of expertise include operations management, process improvement, and financial oversight, and she believes that well-run operations are essential in enabling nonprofit teams to focus on the critical mission work. Before relocating to California, Carissa worked as Administrative Director for The Conservation Center, the nation’s largest privately-held art conservation laboratory, and for the corporate division of renowned jewelry retailer Lester Lampert, where she managed client services and fulfillment. Carissa’s educational background includes a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Roosevelt University. When she isn’t poring over spreadsheets, you’re likely to find Carissa wandering around a museum or enjoying some french fries.



VP of Data & Systems Administration

Rick Ohren

Rick has been with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area since 2008, starting as Data Communications Specialist before becoming Director of Operations in 2013. He was named Vice President of Operations in 2014 and Vice President of Data and Systems Administration in 2017. Prior to his arrival at BBBSBA, Rick worked for over 17 years in retail management, where he developed his penchant for problem-solving and system management, as well has his desire to help others and serve the public.

Rick’s educational background includes a bachelor of science degree in Technical Journalism from Oregon State University. He and his wife live in Berkeley.



VP of Programs

Cristina Barron

“I love working to serve families and children, helping them to realize their potential.”

With a deep commitment to public service, Cristina has spent her career in public health, education and juvenile justice, working for local and federal elected officials as well as managing local, state and federal government programs, including the City and County of San Francisco. Cristina is a UC Davis King Hall Outreach Program alumna, as well as a former fellow of the Leon and Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy, CSU Monterey. She holds a BA in Political Science from California State University, Stanislaus, and an MA in Political Science, Domestic Policy/Systems from San Francisco State University. When she’s not trying to match kids with a mentor, she’s spending time with her elderly dog, Farrah, watching a new show on Netflix, or deep into a book.




Dir, Institutional Giving

Laksmi Lagares

Laksmi’s professional experience focuses on Corporate Social Responsibility, Community Engagement, Government Affairs, and Fund Development. As a leader, uniquely skilled at generating a triple bottom line — benefiting community, the private sector, and non profit/philanthropic organizations — Laksmi expertly leverages her role at Big Brothers Big Sisters to support the mission and goals of the organization. When she’s not working hard on grants and partnerships she can be found volunteering in the community and being a “dance mom.”



Special Events Manager

Stacey Mohr

Regional Director

Anthony Spivey



Regional Director

Stacie Schlenker



Elizabeth Garcia-Navarro

Elizabeth Garcia-Navarro



Gina Rae Garibaldi

Gina Rae Garibaldi

Program Supervisor (Oakland)


Marynoelyn Jacob

Marynoelyn Jacob

Program Supervisor (Milpitas)


Cristal Nuñez

Cristal Nuñez

Enrollment & Match Specialist (American Canyon)


Arthelle Porter Burns

Arthelle Porter Burns

Match Support Specialist (American Canyon)


Tania Rivera Calderón

Tania Rivera Calderón

Program Supervisor (North Bay)


Raven Sanchez

Raven Sanchez

Program Supervisor (San Francisco)


Andrea Thornton

Andrea Thornton

Program Partnership Coordinator


Gina Riddle

Gina Riddle

Enrollment & Match Specialist (San Francisco)


Nadia Rizk

Nadia Rizk

Match Support Specialist (San Francisco)


Ginger Luna

Ginger Luna

Enrollment & Match Specialist (Oakland)


Board of Directors

Dicran Arnold, World Wide Technology
Lawrence Bancroft, Bivium Capital Partners
Andrew Barnette, East West Bank
Darren Buck, Jasper Hill Enterprises
Mike Campbell, BDO
John Castelly, Robinhood
Alex Coassin, PwC
Martha Ehmann Conte
Tom DeJonghe, Retired, Chevron Corporation
Nelson Duckett, Comcast
Christine Flores, Pinterest

Chris Fragakis, Wells Fargo Securities
Sarah Franklin, Salesforce
Curtis Gardner, ARA Newmark
Malcolm Goodwin
Jeremiah Gordon, Google Capital
Majd Khleif, Syserco, Inc.
Jay Kim, Major, Lindsey & Africa
Jeff Kragel, Berstein Global Wealth Management
Todd Lachman, Sovos Brands
Dianne Lamendola, Intel

Paul Owens, Reed & Greenough
Priya Rajan, Silicon Valley Bank
Lisa Schrumpf, SAP
Gina Sheibley, Salesforce
Lynda Simpson, UPS
Tanaz Sowdagar, Akamai Technologies
Charles Taylor
Kate To, Oracle
Aaron Vermut
Michelle Wellington, Quotient Technology Inc.
Dan Wire, FireEye Inc

Community Boards

Community Partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area provide the opportunity for employees or members of your organization to volunteer in the community. Our volunteer programs also build teamwork and employee engagement.

Community Boards strengthen ties in local areas and help raise funds and awareness through events that attract a diverse network throughout the Bay Area.

Join the fun, all while helping support mentoring for Bay Area kids!

Junior Board

The Junior Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area is a group of young Bay Area professionals dedicated to raising funds and awareness to support our mission. Members commit to meeting a committee fundraising goal, attending one meeting each month and participating in the planning and promotion of our signature events. Connect and stay up to date with the Junior Board via Facebook or email for more info about joining the board or the next event.

South Bay Advisory Council

The South Bay Advisory Council engages the Silicon Valley community, meeting monthly to organize activities for South Bay Littles and Bigs, bolstering recruiting efforts, and conducting fundraising events that provide vital support for our agency’s mission. Membership entails a one-year commitment to attend meetings and events. To get involved, contact Cristina Barron at cbarron@bbbsba.org

East Bay Advisory Council

This group of volunteers focuses on recruiting men of color so that we can better support the specific needs of our waiting Littles in the region. ​The Council helps to identify resources necessary to better serve the community, including securing meeting space,​ dedicated fundraising support, and frequent East Bay community feedback. To get involved, contact Cristina Barron at cbarron@bbbsba.org

Our History

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes and monitors meaningful matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 – 18, in communities across the country to develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect.

Bay Area Wide

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area has been providing Bay Area kids with professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships since 1958, gradually growing to represent all of the Bay Area regions, at large.

With the first major Bay Area merger in 2006, three separate Big Brother Big Sister organizations — San Francisco & Peninsula, East Bay, and Santa Clara County — integrated into Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area to more efficiently serve the community and meet the increasing demand for services.

In 2017, we merged with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay, which had been serving children in Marin, Sonoma, Napa and Solano Counties since 1970, to further streamline resources. Effectively reaching the entire Greater Bay Area as a unified organization, we now serve children from nine counties in the Greater Bay Area: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano, and Sonoma.

Financial Statements

Your financial support helps kids to realize their potential, one relationship at a time.

The documents below provide detail of our carefully managed financial status. Every local Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with its own IRS Form 990 and audited financial statements.


Make a Big Difference in the Lives of Bay Area Kids

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area is an exciting, fast growing non-profit with heart-felt goals. We’re committed to building a great staff: we offer a good benefits, competitive wages, and of course, a job that matters.

Current Open Positions